President Trump spoke briefly on Saturday after the violence and death during protests in Charlottesville. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of a crucial portion of his statement.
PRESIDENT TRUMP (continuing at 3:49 in the above video): ... But we're closely following, the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides...
During 3:59, immediately after President Trump says, "... we condemn in the strongest possible terms ...", he tilts his head to his left. This is a profound Red Flag.
The tilting of President Trump's head just after making such a declarative statement is a highly reliable signal of contradiction. His beliefs/convictions are not consistent with his statement. The words are not at all congruent with his body language.
Notice also the tone (paralanguage) of the President's voice - for it's not at all consistent with strength of belief.
The President's lack of eye contact in this context is also very telling. As president, there are certainly speeches when one must read from a script or teleprompter - and perhaps that principle applies to portions of this speech - but not this portion. This particular sentence was the most important one of his entire statement.
During 4:05 - 4:06, Donald Trump performs a back-handed, hand sweep, as he says, "... on many sides ..."
And immediately following, during 4:06 - 4:07, he repeats a truncated version of the hand sweep gesture, as he also verbally repeats, "... on many sides ..." at a lower volume and lower pitch.
Hand sweeping signals low priority, dismissive, and contemptuous emotional tones. It's a very much nonverbally saying, "This is beneath me" and "What does it matter?".
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